Grace Nichols, Picasso, I Want My Face Back

Pavlina Flajsarova (Palacky University Olomouc)
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Similarly to her previous volumes, including i is a long-memoried woman (1983) and The Fat Black Woman’s Poems (1984), in her 2009 Picasso, I Want My Face Back (hereafter Picasso) Grace Nichols focuses on race and ethnicity, addressing this theme within British Caribbean diasporic and feminist contexts. In the text‘s four sections, Nichols shifts her focus between speakers who are firmly embedded in Caribbean culture and speakers from different national or ethnic backgrounds and, therefore, the use of Caribbean patois is less pronounced than in her other collections. However, Nichols still thematises British Guyana, the land of her childhood, to show that Britain remains a hostile diasporic place, whereas the Caribbean always provides consolation in times of sorrow. Sarah Lawson Welsh…

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Citation: Flajsarova, Pavlina. "Picasso, I Want My Face Back". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 June 2022 [, accessed 03 December 2023.]

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